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  1. 17 hours ago, sledracr said:

    Hmmm, now that you mention it... Travieso was a NM 44, not a Peterson 44.  At least that's how they're listed in the 1981 Transpac program.

    I have in my head that Electra, Roller Coaster, Jet Stream, Illusion and ZigZag were all Choate-built Peterson 44s.  You're probably right about Travieso. 

    And to @some dude's question, the only 42s I remember are Geronimo, Medicine Man, Glory and Mini Xpress.  there were probably others, but...

    Dunno.  I thoroughly enjoyed the 80s so the memories tend to be a bit fuzzy.

    Travieso was definitely NM. And yes, Zig Zag was aluminum (think a 46?).  At one point it featured a blow up doll at the top of the mast while parked on Transpac Row. Details are fuzzy.  Think Illusion was a Kaufman?  Choate 40 big sister.

  2. On 4/28/2022 at 8:32 PM, sledracr said:

    I'm always amazed, too, at the crap photos that the broker is (apparently) willing to use in the listing.

    I mean how hard is it to spend a few hours doing at least a cursory cleaning?  Empty the trash.  De-clutter.  Put crap away.

    And, c'mon, leave out the photos that are going to accomplish nothing except make a potential buyer gag.


    Yeah but which boat? Figured you would know. Mini Xpress?

  3. On 3/10/2022 at 2:10 PM, P_Wop said:

    On a boat that size, I still like the old peeling strop.  An eight-foot length of spectra with eyesplices and snapshackles both ends.  The top splice also includes an SS ring and has a 12" length of 1" webbing spliced to it, finished with a third snapshackle.

    Rig the strop to the jib tack point, put the webbing strop round the headfoil and snap the end to the SS ring.  Rig the new kite tack to the other snapshackle and set the kite.  The webbing strop will ride up the headfoil to just above head height.  The new kite will fly nicely, with its tack close to the headstay.

    Then ease the aftguy forward, spike off the old kite, and "politely" ask for two more feet of aftguy ease to enable you to snap the aftguy on the new kite tack.

    Then call to pull the aftguy back while spiking the shackle on the strop.

    Unrig the strop, wander aft and demand a beer.

    This for distance.  Otherwise wait for the 2nd beat. Sewer guy gets to eat unlimited cookies while below. 

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  4. Definitely a very fun toy.  The more breeze and the more downwind the happier the boat is and bonus if your friends know how to keep it going in a straight line, but never a bad time. 

  5. 58 minutes ago, Steam Flyer said:

    It's one of the reasons I stopped sailing Melges 24s, which are otherwise fun boats. Never heard of physical damage from it, but I wouldn't be surprised

    - DSK

    Tops of my thighs have been numb for the last 20 years or so, after several seasons of Melges 24s on the SF Cityfront. Feels like a local anesthetic.  I've always seen it as a small sacrifice for a ton of fun but wouldn't want to do more.  My answer would be different if it were Intestinal scarring though. 

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  6. On 11/13/2021 at 11:52 AM, Pokey uh da LBC said:

    All will be clear after seeing this sweeeet diagram. 


    continuuous traveler control line.jpg

    Your trav is 1:1?  Damn. You got Chuck Norris trimming main?  He could just scare the car into holding onto the end of the line. 

  7. Find a mark and go around and around and around the smallest circles you can.  10x.  Then go the other way 10x.  Then come up from leeward and keep the bow within a foot of the mark for as long as you can.  30 seconds us.  Them go up wind and tack 20x.  Then go back down and gybe 20x.  Repeat. 

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  8. On 9/5/2021 at 11:26 AM, solosailor said:

    Runoff can have a huge effect.....   but to say "throw the published current tables right out the porthole every winter" is a crock.  You do need to know if it's flooding or ebbing regardless.


    Yeah.  Plus not much snowmelt runoff in winter. Rainwater yes, a few days after it rains

    Rain runoff and snowmelt runs on top of the saltwater that the tide book tells you about.  The foils and most of the hull are still riding around I'm the salt water, so don't throw the tide book about the window just yet. 

  9. Look at the telltales on the leech of the main.  Are they flying?  No?  Ease trav or sheet.  Yes?  See if you can pull it in some more (then watch the speedo)

    Look at your friends.  Are the falling over because the boat is flipping over?  Yes?  Trav down

    Look at the helmsman. Are his or her arms getting more ripped by the second from pulling on the tiller so hard?  Yes?  Trav down

    Pull the main in as hard as you can get away with, watching those 3 things and mostly the speedo.  Main trimmer is the throttle man.  Also depends on tactical situation (fighting to hold lane?  Footing toward the shift?  Overstood?)


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  10. On 8/12/2021 at 8:48 PM, Somebody Else said:

    crickets also in Newport Beach for the Youth Match Racing Worlds...

    Briefing each morning and evening and races broadcast live.  Maybe check the power button on your computer?

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